For the most part, I have stopped blogging on my own. I find that most of my fans prefer to interact via Facebook or Twitter. However, I do guest blogs fairly regularly or articles for newsletters and the occasional e-zine. The selected articles shared here cover many topics. Most of them have to do with my writing process or the writing business. A number have to do with the romance genre and how I came to write specific books. Some of them are more philosophical. Because I write about love and happily ever afters, I can’t help but share my personal story and my beliefs in what makes strong relationships.
Pick and choose what is interesting to you. They are organized by the most recent on top. Enjoy!
The Future of Publishing (Dec. 2016) – Every year for the past three years, Romancing the Genres blog has invited me to share what I see is important for authors to know as they enter the next year. Every year there are new technologies, new competitors in the book marketplace, and new tools to use as the CEO of my publishing business. I share what I’ve learned and what I’ve researched. No guarantees that my crystal ball is correct. 🙂
Why Contemporary Romance is Important. (2016)This is on the Romancing the Genres blog. A blog with a number of regular contributors across all fiction genres. My article discusses why I write romance and what I’ve learned from readers.
Interview with Triskele Books blog about author cooperative publishing. (2015) Triskele is also an author coop (they call it a collective), similar to Windtree Press though they are smaller. It was really great getting interviewed by someone who understands the setup as a whole.
Changes in Publishing Part 1 and Part 2 (2014) – These two articles were written on request for Romancing the Genres blog. With things changing so quickly in both independent and traditional publishing, I wanted to share my research and experience over the past 30+ years of my personal publishing career.
What Shall I Be When I Grow Up? (2014) – This article reflects on how all of us change. “Growing Up” is not a one time right of passage. It is something we re-evaluate frequently. Some of us re-evaluate and decide to stay on our current path because it is meeting our needs and dreams. Others re-evaluate and strike out in a different direction.
It is the Struggle that Defines Us (2014) – Though this post is about writing romantic suspense, I talk about the struggles in daily life and how we choose to react to those struggles often lead to unfulfilled expectations and unhappiness. The heart of a romantic suspense novel looks at this too, but against a magnified background of jeopardy.
Windtree Press (2014) – In this three part interview I talk about author cooperatives, as well as my involvement with Windtree Press
What’s New is Old Again Quickly (2013) – How quickly things change in publishing, software, and in the rules of the game. This article looks at some strategies for keeping up.
Why I Write Fantasy (2013) – This is another article I wrote for the Rose City Romance Writers Newsletter and was picked up by other romance writing chapters. Because the newsletter is now behind a firewall for member’s only I’ve placed the article here on my site.
Can A Grandmother Write YA? (2013) – This is an article I originally wrote for the Rose City Romance Writers Newsletter under my Maggie Faire name. It was picked up by several other romance writing chapters for their newsletters as well. This link is to the Attic Girls Blog where my good friend Tessa Lindsey is an author.
Researching Celtic Music (2013) – My Sweetwater Canyon series of books features an all woman band who plays roots music (both Celtic and Americana), as well as folk, country, and some blues.
How Deep Editing Changes Everything (2013) — Once the first draft of a novel is completed, the writer usually goes through an editing process which may have her editing the entire book five, six, or even fifteen more times before it is published.
The Sounds of Writing – a post about how music is incorporated in the Sweetwater Canyon series of books. (2012)
Follow Your Dreams, But Be Prepared for Changes in the Details – a blog trilogy (2012)
What Would You Do If You Could Live 800 Years? — Thoughts on the premise for my SF Romance, ETERNITY. (2011)
Guns and Roses — Thoughts on the use of violence in Romantic Suspense. (2011)
The Story Behind EXPENDABLE — How did I come up with the premise and why did I use a hero with PTSD? (2011)
Romance and Sex — How much and is it embarrassing? (2011)
Second Chance Love and Scottish Wedding — Talking about my own marriage and how it plays into my stories. (2011)
How Paying it Forward Makes Heroes of Us All — Random acts of kindness, paying it forward, big and small things we can do. (2011)
Great Expectations: What About My Marriage? — Talking about the impact of reading romance novels and expectations for relationships (2009)